How long to beat Monster Hunter World: Iceborne?

From your first Beotodus to the final battle with Velkhana, here's how long you should expect it to take to finish Monster Hunter World: Iceborne.

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Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is available on both consoles and PC and it brings practically a whole game worth of content with it. Between exploring the new Hoarfrost Reach, battling a wide new bestiary of wyverns, solving new expeditions and investigations, and completing all quests in the game, there’s a lot to do in Iceborne. So how long does it take to conquer everything that Iceborne will throw at you? We have a pretty solid estimate.

How long to beat Monster Hunter World: Iceborne?

Even once you finish the main Monster Hunter World: Iceborne questline, newly added monsters like Safi'Jiva will ensure your hunt never truly ends if you want to keep going.
Even once you finish the main Monster Hunter World: Iceborne questline, newly added monsters like Safi'Jiva will ensure your hunt never truly ends if you want to keep going.

According to the statistics at the How Long to Beat webpage on Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, players are averaging about 36.5 hours on the main questline of the expansion. To take out the main questline and all sidequests, they suggest you’ll be spending around 51 hours on the game. Of course, a large portion of the time it takes you to defeat Iceborne’s challenges will depend on a number of factors:

  • What level of familiarity you have with Monster Hunter World.
  • What level of gear and weaponry you bring to Iceborne.
  • What level, gear, and skill your hunting companions are packing.

After all, Monster Hunter World is a cooperational affair, you can do it solo, but there’s a lot of fun to be had from taking on the daunting tasks with friends. With these factors in mind, you could blaze through the main questline in about 25 hours, or take your time with it for up to 40.

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne has a lot to offer even outside the main questline, don't forget to kick your feet up and really explore what it has to offer, such as the new hub in Selina.
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne has a lot to offer even outside the main questline, don't forget to kick your feet up and really explore what it has to offer, such as the new hub in Seliana.

Even then, Monster Hunter World: Iceborne will be as constantly evolving as the base game ever was. There will be yearly events like the Winter Joy Fest, added monsters like Rajang, and crossover events like those with Horizon Zero Dawn that will bring plenty more challenges to your Monster Hunter World: Iceborne experience. That said, if your major concern in the game is putting Velkhana down for the count and seeing the conclusion of Iceborne’s main questline, the above estimates should be pretty close to what you experience. There's also the core game to think about, which brings up the following question.

How long to beat Monster Hunter World?

Beating Monster Hunter World in its base form would take players a minimum of 24 hours, but for that to happen everything must go right and you probably need to be carried through some of the tougher content. It would be more reasonable to say that Monster Hunter World would take 35 to 50 hours but, even then, that’s ignoring the true spirit of the experience.

Cliche as it may sound, you might say Monster Hunter World in its entirety is far more about its journey than its destination.
Cliche as it may sound, you might say Monster Hunter World in its entirety is far more about its journey than its destination.

Again, Monster Hunter World is an ongoing game with new in-game events frequently. Both the base game and Iceborne are meant to be enjoyed long term and over the course of hundreds of hours. There really isn’t a logical stopping point, even when the main questline is finished. However, if you just want to play the main quests, 24 to 36 hours feels fair.

Need to figure out how to start the Monster Hunter World: Iceborne questline or learn about the new Clutch Claw? Be sure to check out our Monster Hunter World walkthrough and guide hub, which includes plenty of guides on Monster Hunter World: Iceborne!

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TJ Denzer is a player with a passion for games that has dominated a lifetime. When he's not handing out beatdowns in the latest fighting games, exploring video game history, or playing through RPGs with his partner, he's searching for new food and drinks in the constant pursuit of good times with good people inside and outside the South Texas area. You can also find him on Twitter @JohnnyChugs.

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